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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Henry’s Swing Club @ The Brandling Villa. January 5

(Review by Russell)
Metro delays, fast-flowing rivers of water where footpaths and roads were once under foot, the end of the world is just round the corner. Quick! Let’s take refuge in here. A pint of the Firebrick Brewery’s Tyne 9, a prime seat and a look around to see who was   in the house. The Brandling’s finest bluesmen were tuning-up, drinking-up (the first of many) and punters were out in force considering it was the end of the world and all that.
The Lounge Lizards got right to it. Hoochie Coochie Man, a false-starting Kansas City, guitar riffs and wailing harps, the end of the world would have to wait. Young Alex sat patiently, eventually getting the call. Three killer numbers – Red House, All Along the Watchtower then Hey Joe confirmed he could play. The legend that is Mr Brian Lynam sat with a pint, chatting with fellow musos. His turn would come and what a turn! Band line-ups were frequently changing and Lynam got up to sing St James’ Infirmary to the guitar accompaniment of Robin Douthwaite. Lynam sang some Nat Cole saying Forgive me, Nat!
Robert Johnson, T-Bone, Bo Diddley chug-a-chug-a-chug riffs, Little Walter. Harmonica demons were out in force, this being the South Side (of Gosforth). One such demon – the man known as Tommy – sat-in on drums, then bass, then blew the meanest harp! Talent? In spades! If this was to be the end of the world, then what a way to go! Just time to catch the last boat to Newcastle Central.  
Russell.             

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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